A recipe for happiness

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Recipe for happiness

 

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Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are
Something to do, something to love,
And something to hope for. ~ Joseph Addison

With April 1 around the corner, so are two 30-day personal challenges I’ve set up for myself: make a different salad every day and do something [new] each day that makes me happy. I’ve been reflecting on the latter and drafted a quick list for starters. Although subject to change—depending on my mood and the circumstances—here’s what happiness looks like to me:

1. Iced green tea latte with soy.
2. Volunteer my time.
3. Practice Bikram yoga.
4. Read something for fun.
5. Plan a trip.

The beginnings of a simple list, really. One that makes me realize how easy it is for happiness to become a regular habit. As long as I have something to do, something to love and something to hope for, I’ve got my recipe for a lifetime of happiness.

What are your essentials to being happy every day?

Timing is everything

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I believe everything happens for a reason.  I also think that in the divine scheme of things, life’s events are perfectly timed.  For instance, if things occurred sooner than they should, their importance may be lost on us.  If they take place later, we might miss out on an opportunity of a lifetime.  A couple of weeks ago, I made the decision to forfeit my goal of participating in a sprint triathlon, as well as my first race.  I’ve been thinking about what to substitute in their place, and my older sister mentioned I would figure it out when the time was right.  There are also several more dreams I’m banking on, with the biggest one requiring multiple factors coming together at just the right time in order to finally be realized.  Which means I have to sit back and let it happen (hard for a planner like me).  But to keep frustration from rearing its ugly head, I need to realize just like a pot of tea brewed to perfection, none of my dreams can be rushed.  Not if I want them to turn out just right.

Is there an opportunity you would have missed out on, had you tampered with the timing?